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Updated to Q4 2016
Northwest European naphtha cargo spot prices rose close to $50/tonne in the fourth quarter of 2016, in line with movements in upstream ICE Brent crude oil futures.
In early October, the naphtha average spot price stood at $422/tonne CIF (cost, insurance & freight) NWE (northwest Europe), before it fell all the way to $389/tonne on 14 November. The cargo price then increased gradually through to late December.
European petrochemical demand for naphtha was good in the fourth quarter because of healthy cracker margins and despite cracker maintenance.
The arbitrage window to Asia opened in November. It had been shut through most of 2016 because of a narrow price spread between European and Asian naphtha cargoes. However, only certain grades were viable economically for export.
US gasoline blending demand continued beyond the summer driving season.
Low water levels on the Rhine river prevented barges carrying refined oil products from sailing fully loaded along the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp-southern Germany route, with barges loaded at 30-40% of capacity on the Upper Rhine in the fourth quarter. There were no major restrictions to barges travelling on the Lower Rhine.
Updated to Q4 2016
US spot prices for ethane at the Mont Belvieu hub in Texas touched a yearly high during the fourth quarter. Cracker restarts from extended turnarounds boosted demand. However, a dramatic rise in natural gas futures was the primary culprit behind ethane's resurgence. Ethane rejection remains critically high, and rising natural gas futures have made it more economical for processors to reject it than to separate and sell it.
Meanwhile, propane and butane spot prices found strength with crude oil. Exports also remain strong, and will likely continue through 2017.
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